Is there any good GUI app to control my sound settings?

When I use Ubuntu, I use the sound indicator and have no problems with sound configuration. Unfortunately, sometimes sound stops working when I use an Ubuntu based distribution (for example, Lubuntu and Bodhi).

I searched in Google and read about Pulseaudio. Unfortunately, I did not manage to install it correctly. This is not an easy topic for me.

Thanks in advance

  • I use alsamixer in the terminal if the GUI is broken. It's pretty easy to use; just use left/right key to move to different channels, and up/down key to adjust the levels. Then Esc to quit when you're done. Dec 12, 2013 at 15:30
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    Have you tried gnome-alsamixer a gui utility to control alsa-mixer
    – g_p
    Dec 12, 2013 at 15:31
  • @guruprasad: Thanks for your comment. I think Lubuntu does not have alsamixer but it can be installed anyways. Dec 12, 2013 at 16:01
  • no gnome-alsamixer for me -- at least that I see so far. Aug 16, 2021 at 6:05

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I solved the problem in this way:

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio pavucontrol && pavucontrol

Reboot. Change options in "Configuration" tab and you will suddenly hear the sound again.

  • This is a lifesaver. All of a sudden my audio in Chrome wouldn't adhere to the Ubuntu system sounds, but other programs like Zoom worked fine.
    – Alan
    Sep 13, 2022 at 19:06

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